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Sustainability at Van Bhoj
As you step into Van Bhoj, the first thing you will notice is the “Gate” created by simply placing a log in horizontal position. The almost unobstructed entry is followed by views of lush greenery all around. The mini-forest leads you into a beautifully crafted two-story mud-house that has been in existence for more than 25 years and still standing the test of time defying all myths about its durability..
80% building materials sourced locally– Mud, Wood, Badarpur sand, Stone and all other materials used to build the house was sourced from its own campus.
Floor made of mud and cow dung – Mud has been used as the main construction material. Lipai on the mud floor is done on a monthly basis using mud, husk and cow dung.
Native trees across the campus – Van Bhoj has only native trees as they are best suited for a region’s weather and climate conditions and provide home and food to a number of birds and animals.
Grass terrace – The roof of the house is layered with green grass that helps in regulating the temperature and keeps the house cool.
Rainwater harvesting – There are three ponds and some swales in the campus to store the rainwater.
Waste water treatment- The waste water from the two bathrooms and one kitchen are treated using anaerobic bacteria and the clean water is then released into the forest, in the campus.
Composting- There are four different composts in the campus, one for smaller leaver, one for fruits and big size leaves, one for twigs and small branches and the last for food waste.